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The Mercury Mountaineer is considered to be a mid-sized luxury SUV with plenty of room. There is 3rd row seating that is roomy enough to seat grown adults. One of the benefits of the Mountaineer, is that it is large enough to comfortably seat a family with either car seats or teenagers. It's an excellent vehicle if you want to carpool to work, take weekend trips, or have a daily commute. There is both a 5 passenger model as well as the 7 passenger model with 3rd row seating.
The Mercury Mountaineer has been through many different design changes over the years. From the cosmetic to the mechanical, it was constantly being improved. Some of the design changes included in 2002 that boasted a new frame, new independent rear suspension, a new front suspension, new steering, new seating formats, and more. It was redesigned again in 2006. The changes to the Mountaineer include larger wheels, more attractive taillights, GPS based navigation system with voice control, DVD entertainment system, and a bigger Mercury logo. In 2008 the side air bags were added, trailer sway control became a standard feature, and the navigation system got information about traffic flow as well as best gas prices.
The fuel efficiency of the Mercury Mountaineer is good considering that it is a mid size 7 passenger vehicle. The 2009 Mountaineer gets 15mpg in the city, 20mpg on the highway. Perhaps not the best vehicle for a long daily commute, this vehicle is an excellent around town vehicle and weekend trip ride. It has a towing package that allows you to tow your boat, trailer, or other sporting equipment.
If you enjoy the outdoors and like to ride across rough terrain, the Mercury Mountaineer is a good option for you. You can take your camping gear through the woods and still enjoy a comfortable ride. It handles well both on-road and off-road, which gives it a versatility that other vehicles don't always have.
When you are in the market for a vehicle that has plenty of safety options as well as good safety ratings, the Mercury Mountaineer can help with that. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the 2010 Mercury Mountaineer top marks with the highest rating of "Good" for moderate overlap front crashes. It gets an "Acceptable" for side collisions as well as rear crash protection results. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also has high regards for the safety of the 2010 Mercury Mountaineer. It receives 5 out of 5 possible stars for front passenger, front driver, side driver, and side passenger collisions. Some of the standard safety equipment include driver air bag, side head air bag, side air bag, 4-wheel disc brakes, child safety locks, traction control, rear head air bag, passenger air bag, electronic stability control, 4-wheel ABS, and adjustable pedals.
The Mercury Mountaineer is a great utility vehicle with lots of space, good safety ratings, a towing package, and decent fuel efficiency. It's an affordable luxury mid-size SUV that gives you the ability to travel comfortably and in style. Before you decide on a vehicle, visit carfax.com. From there you can easily find out if the car was maintained on a regular schedule, if it was involved in any serious collisions that caused structural damage, and if the odometer reading is correct.